I just had a call from one of the nurses on the transplant team saying that there is 'some diarrhoea and vomiting' on the Chest Medical Unit (CMU) so it is unlikely that they will admit me for the bronch tomorrow as the risk is too high. I had the winter vomiting Norovirus last year (or was it the year before?) when I was in hospital for a CF chest infection and it was one of the worst experiences of my life - I've never felt so completely knocked out - so am extremely keen not to catch that again, especially with a severely compromised immune system.
So I am to come to clinic and do the nil-by-mouth thing just in case. Jas will make a call depending on the situation on the CMU and how I have been. I said to the nurse that I've been very well for the last couple of weeks, so I am thinking it looks fairly unlikely that I will be bronched. I think the scheduled bronch, if it wasn't for this little bout of rejection and increased steroids, would have been after 3 weeks rather than 2, so maybe Jas will delay the bronch by a week. Unfortunately that means if there were to be anything wrong in a week's time it would be that much more likely that I'd be confined to hospital over Christmas.
I guess I am severely counting chickens and should just wait and see what happens tomorrow.
The other bit of news that I haven't yet reported on the blog is the great improvement in my voice. After starting the higher dose of steroids it started coming back and after a couple of days the speaking voice was almost normal. Now I can speak completely fine and almost sing - the range is pretty much there, just the tone leaves something to be desired. I wonder if the anti-inflammatory effects of the steroids helped kick the vocal chords back into action, or whether it was just natural recovery? Whatever the reason, this is a most heartening development and it gives me some confidence that no lasting damage has been done and that I might even be able to sing again, with the bonus of real lung capacity - the thing that held me back in recent years. So here's to being able to sing along to some Christmas carols in due course!
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